Cross-country skiing

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Miles of cross-country ski trails meander through dozens of Minnesota state parks. Try one of the many candlelight ski events this winter, and remember to check the snow conditions before you head out!

Top 12 skiing destinations

Perfect for a weekend ski trip

Occasional groomed ski trails



Trails: groomed at least twice a week, maintained for daily use; key trails groomed within 24 hours of a significant snow fall.
Warming shelter: available on weekends and holidays (all week at some state parks).



Trails: available for use daily and groomed at least for weekends and holidays.
Warming shelter: may be available at some locations, with a focus on availability for weekends and holidays.


Trails: available for use daily and may be groomed on some weekends or for special events. Grooming not top priority.
Warming shelter: may be available at some locations for special events or on an irregular basis.

* State parks that offer ski rentals ($10/day)
**At Wild River State Park, ski equipment is available for rental from a private concessionaire located at the park's Trail Center. Rental concession hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For rental rates or to reserve equipment, call Wild River Ski Rental at 651-257-0685.


Events

12/30/14

Wild River State Park

Cross Country Skiing for Beginners

01/01/15

Lake Carlos State Park

First Day Hike

01/03/15

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski

01/03/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski Tour/Snowshoe Walk

01/04/15 - 02/22/15

William O'Brien State Park

St. Croix Valley Youth Ski League

01/10/15

Lake Bronson State Park

Candlelight Ski

01/17/15

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off

01/18/15

William O'Brien State Park

44th Annual Marine-O'Brien Ski Race

01/24/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

The Bog in Winter

01/24/15

Lake Maria State Park

Winter Fun Day

01/24/15

Itasca State Park

Lantern Lit Snowshoe and Ski Event

01/24/15

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Cross-Country Ski Lesson and Trail Tour

01/31/15

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski

01/31/15

Buffalo River State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/31/15

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

01/31/15

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/01/15

Lac Qui Parle State Park

Candlelight Hike/Ski

02/07/15

Buffalo River State Park

Candle Light Ski and Snowshoe

02/07/15

Root River State Trail

Whalan Candlelight Ski

02/14/15

Rice Lake State Park

Candlelight Ski / Hike / Snowshoe

02/14/15

Jay Cooke State Park

Celebrate 100 Years! - Candlight Ski & Snowshoe Event

02/14/15

Glendalough State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/21/15

Maplewood State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/28/15

Zippel Bay State Park

Candlelight Ski

02/28/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

Candlelight Ski Tour/Snowshoe Walk

02/28/15

Lake Carlos State Park

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

03/14/15

Lake Bemidji State Park

The Bog in Winter

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Please note: Occasionally, due to extreme weather or poor snow conditions, an event may need to be canceled or changed. When in doubt, call the park.